Robert Moog Interview Circa 1980

Wednesday, May 23, 2012 - 10:32 AM

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The Archives Department celebrates Robert Moog's 78th birthday with this 1980s episode of WQXR's This is My Music.  Host Lloyd Moss talks with the inventor and musical pioneer and plays selections from Moog's library of compositions and influences. The program includes a virtuosic performance of Wieniawski's Violin Concerto No. 2 adapted for theremin and piano.  

[Please note: The featured audio is a transfer from a cassette tape.  Quality varies throughout the recording]

Dr. Robert "Bob" Arthur Moog (May 23, 1934 – August 21, 2005) may be best known as the inventor of the Moog Synthesizer, one of the most widely used and popular instruments of its kind.  In this episode of This is My Music, Moog discusses the origins of his musical education, his inventions, and the recordings he enjoys most, which include the following:

  1. Sinfonia, from Cantata No. 29, by Johann Sebastian Bach
  2. Excerpt from Violin Concerto No. 2, by Henryk Wieniawski (adapted for the theremin), performed by Clara Rockmore with Nadia Reisenberg on piano
  3. Excerpt from Requiem, by Gabriel Fauré, performed by Lucia Popp and Simon Estes
  4. Fantasie Impromptu, by Fréderic Chopin, performed by Murray Perahia
  5. "Incantation," from Beauty in the Beast, by Wendy Carlos performed by Wendy Carlos


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